Legislators in Texas have proposed a bill that would expand what registered sex offenders would be required to disclose, including the release of online screen names. That could potentially even cover online gaming social networks.

While the bill, publicized by GamePolitics, doesn't explicitly name video game communication services like Xbox Live and PlayStation Home, it covers their services more broadly. The bill, currently under consideration, would require sex offenders to disclose the "Internet communication identifier" used by the person. That could mean Gamertags and PlayStation Network usernames.


As GamePolitics points out, the wording of bill HB 22 could extend to limit sex offenders from using a "commercial social networking" site or service altogether.

And that's not necessarily a bad thing, considering the disturbing frequency at which we've been hearing about this sort of unsavory activity.

Texas Bill Requires Sex Offenders to Register Online Game Names, Could Ban Them Completely from Game Venues [GamePolitics]